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VA forum will focus on benefits for female veterans

By Lisa Rein
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By The Post's Lisa Rein
Leaders of the Department of Veterans Affairs, female veterans and their advocates in the VA's health care system will gather Wednesday in Arlington for a day-long forum on improving access to care and benefits for a fast-growing population of veterans.

The event at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial will be headlined by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, who has made improving care for female vets one of his top priorities.

Panelists from prosthetics experts to mental health providers will take up a range of issues, including homelessness, readjustment counseling and treatment of sexual trauma. About 1.8 million of the country's 23 million living veterans are women, according to the VA. With women on the front lines in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number is growing; female vets are expected to make up 10.5 percent of the veteran population by 2020.

By Lisa Rein  | July 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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As Senator Webb put it, Women Can't Fight.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 28, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Women can't fight? Get a life - you obviously live in your Mom's basement.

The mother of a female soldier who is a "friend" of mine in a blog site opened MY eyes not too long ago. I've always sent packages to our troops - since the Iraq Campaign started. I NEVER considered the women! Why? I have no idea.
The Mom made suggestions like TAMPONS! Sun block, nicer moisturers, etc. Just because they're soldiers doesn't mean they're not women.
My friend who denigrates female soldiers better not come upon them in the proverbial dark alley - he will lose.
God Bless our Troopers!

Posted by: 34thBombGroup | August 2, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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